VR Workshop: Guatemala 2011

La Limonada one of the largest and most dangerous barrios in Guatemala City.

Taking workshops are a great way to grow as photographers and as people but teaching workshops, like our Visual Reportage Workshops, takes this to a whole other level of personal enrichment. For the past 5 years we’ve been working with The Gods Child Project documenting some of the social issues facing Guatemala. Our relationships have now grown to include various media organizations and the Bomberos Voluntarios (Volunteer Firefighters of Guatemala). Asha and I have also developed a relationship with a group of Mayan midwives in Tuila (North of Coban) where we’ve been trying to help them and their communities in any way we can for the past 3 years. It is great work; hard work but ultimately rewarding for us.

All this work forever supports our growth as a business. We feel it makes us not only better photographers but keeps our perspective on all things centered. These are a small selection of images from the past couple days as our group has just begun to really get started this trip. Please enjoy and find a way to spread the word.

My students from left: Noah, Max, Aram, Dawn, Tommy, Katie, Ray (TA) and Cate strike a pose in Zona 3.

A Mayan farmer returning to his village after working in the fields all day outside the town of Fray Bartolome de las casas.

The Mayan micro community of Naranjo near Tuila north of Coban.

Ryan making some friends in Naranjo.

A man explaining the significance of the colored candles on the way up to El Carvalleho in Coban. I lit yellow protection candles for all my group and so far its worked!

Some candles for my wife and girls: Pink for love, Red for my relationship, Blue for business and two White for protection for my daughters.

Mayan lunch being prepared for us. It was a very typical chicken soup and corn tortillas, of course.

Some tools of the trade mix with some toys outside one of the homes in the Mayan village.

Market day along the road from Tuila to Semuc Champey.

My staring down into a close call. Driving at night is dangerous as the paved road ended right where the new bridge as to be built.

Orientation at the firehouse as a couple lucky few will get to document a 24 hour shift with the paramedics in Guatemala City.

Aram testing his skills on the fire pole--its the fastest way down!

The main dump for all of Guatemala City is like an ant hill teaming with people competing with machines for precious scraps before they are bulldozed to make more room.

Noah and Max on some of the tombs in the main cemetery in Guatemala City.

I’ll post more work as we go along but check us out on facebook as well: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Visual-Reportage-Workshops/122286791564.